7 Skincare Ingredients to Avoid if You Have Sensitive Skin

Of all the questions you tweet and email us every day, how to care for sensitive skin is at the top of the list. It’s also one of the most common questions that skincare expert Renee Rouleau gets asked, so we tapped her for answers!

First things first: so what, exactly, creates irritation? It turns out, the answer is incredibly simple. "The majority of the time, it’s the person’s use of harsh products that causes irritation,” Rouleau says. And the solution? “Simply put, avoid using irritating ingredients and your skin will be less irritated!” Which ones should you avoid? And which should you embrace?

Click through our slideshow for the ingredients you need to avoid—and the ones to try—if you have easily irritated skin!